Villa valerie, luxury poolside apartment. s… – homeaway gas near me


Villa Valerie is set in the lush tropical gardens of a small gated beachfront holiday village, on the first floor with private balcony and views over the large and lovely swimming pool. See our website for more pics and info.

The villa sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms, one with king-size bed, one with two single beds which can be made into another king. Two and a half bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and designer-furnished living room, balcony for eating outdoors, private staircase down to the pools.

The village is right on Cas-en-Bas beach, where beach umbrellas and loungers are provided for guests. It is the only village on the bay, so no high-pressure beach hawkers. The villa offers peace and quiet (absolutely no TV) just 10 mins away from Rodney Bay’s restaurants, marina, night-life and shops.

There is an 18 hole golf course just next door and there are plenty of lovely walks and hidden beaches to explore nearby. Kite-surfing school and horse-riding available along the beach, kayaking, zip-lining, diving in the crystal water, sailing and many other activities are on offer on this tiny, laid-back jewel of an island.

There are no extra taxes to pay on top, just the local cleaning fee of $270 EC Dollars ($100 US) per booking, and electricity, which is metered so you only pay for what you use, at cost. Average use is $10-$25 US Dollars per day, it depends on how much the aircon is used.

We stayed in Valerie’s condo at the Villas at Cotton Bay the last week of March 2015. Let me just first start by saying that Valerie is one of the most responsive and friendly homeowners I have ever worked with on the HomeAway/VRBO network. My wife and I have probably stayed in about 10 vacation homes we have found through HomeAway and Valerie takes the cake in terms of A+ communication from a homeowner.

The Villas at Cotton Bay are on the east coast of the northern end of the island. We rented a small 4WD car through Courtesy Car Rentals and found that this was an excellent decision since it’s about a 5-10 minute drive to the “downtown” Rodney Bay/Reduit Beach area.

The condo was recently renovated when we stayed and beautifully appointed. The unit has modern furniture, a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, some type of marble/stone floor tiles throughout the property, and a giant master suite with a great master bath (including an amazing over-sized all-tile shower) – the second bedroom is nearly as large as the master and just as nice. The property also has a large patio with a spiral staircase to the lower level where you can easily walk to the pool or come in from the beach, as well as a private patio off the living room where you can sit out and enjoy your morning coffee or evening beer/cocktail. The property does not have central air conditioning, however, each of the two bedrooms has the wall-based A/C units that do a great job of cooling down the room (just keep the door to the bedroom shut). This was perfect for my wife and I as we enjoyed opening the two sets of French doors in the living room during the day and letting the natural breezes (coupled with a nice ceiling fan) flow through the kitchen/living area, but at night it was nice to have the A/C in the bedroom.

The resort grounds are a beautiful, fully-walled compound that is patrolled by resort facility 24 hours a day. The landscaping and grounds are tended to on a daily basis and the flora and fauna around the resort is top notch. It is also reassuring to see the security guards patrolling the property at night since the resort is in a remote area. There is a security guard at the gate to open and close the door for you any time of day or night, which is a nice touch.

Located in the loveliest part of St Lucia, Villa Valerie is in a small private holiday village on the north east coast, where the cooling sea breezes blow. It is right on Cas en Bas Beach, a safe, sandy bathing beach protected by an off-shore reef, and next to the only 18 hole championship golf course on the island. Villa Valerie is just 15 minutes by car from the shops, marina and restaurants of Rodney Bay. The regular ‘Friday night jump-up’ – a lively street party with dancing, drinks, food and live music is highly recommended. St Lucia is a jewel in the Caribbean, English-speaking, with friendly locals who welcome tourists with open arms. It is renowned for its beaches and crystal clear waters – snorkelling and scuba diving are both popular. You can sail and island-hop to nearby islands like Martinique or just enjoy a sunset cruise to view the majestic Pitons – two spectacular volcanic peaks near Soufriere – a world heritage site and one of the scenic highlights of the Caribbean. Other tourist attractions include a drive-in volcano, at Soufrière, with natural hot springs (take your bathers), the Botanical Gardens, hiking in the rain forests, and Pigeon Island National Park, which is home to Fort Rodney, an old British military base. The island is encircled by gorgeous beaches and yacht harbours, such as Marigot Bay. The interior has spectacular scenery, being mostly mountainous rain forest, which sometimes falls sheer to the sea, offering fantastic views and hiking opportunities. You can even climb to the summit of Gros Piton, 2,600 ft (500 m) above sea level – it is a two hour strenuous walk up and a shorter 1.5 hrs down again. The St Lucia International Jazz festival in May draws crowds from around the world, with world-class musicians performing and a different party every night. Try the local food such as coal pot – a delicious stew, traditional to native carib cultures which can be found at many local restaurants. Local cuisine is prepared throughout the island so, depending on where you are staying, ask a local if he or she knows someone/somewhere that prepares local food and you will be sure to be welcomed somewhere nearby. Many rum shacks in rural towns also prepare food if given advanced notice. Fish, veggie, chicken and goat meals are very common and usually come with a number of sides including salad, plantain, breadfruit, macaroni, and rice prepared a number of different ways. The tropical weather ensures year-round sunshine and temperatures of around 80 degrees F. Expect rain showers from May to August, and cooling breezes year round. The dry season is from December to April. No visas required for European or American citizens. Car hire is easy to arrange from the airport – they drive on the left in St Lucia. Taxis are inexpensive and accommodating – probably the best way to organise a tour of the island.